Día de los Muertos, or “Day of the Dead” is a Mexican tradition celebrated on November 2 that honors family and friends that have passed away. It is a time to remember and celebrate their life with food, music, colors, dance, and much more. This is also a special time for Spanish classes here at OLP! Día de los Muertos is a time when our classrooms come alive with brightly colored banners (papel picado), decorated skulls (calaveras), and dressed up skeletons (Catrinas).
Among all the decorations are the projects that our students take on during this time. Spanish 1 classes decorate their own Calaveras, Spanish 2 classes create mini ofrendas out of shoe boxes. This year, the ofrendas were made to honor someone from a Spanish speaking country that has passed away. Spanish 3 classes are making their very own Catrina skeletons out of recyclable material, Spanish 4 classes create life-size ofrendas in teams, and AP Spanish classes are writing Calaveritas Literarias, or memorial poems inspired by latin american historical figures. Along with all the projects, many Spanish classes enjoy activities based on the movie Coco.
Overall, Día de los Muertos is a special time of year where Spanish students get to learn about an aspect of Mexican culture that is a mixture of pre-hispanic and Spanish traditions. Día de los Muertos not only allows us to honor and remember those who have passed before us, but also reminds us to celebrate the life that we have.
Spanish 2 students with their mini ofrendas. Pictured from left to right: Brooke Gierczak, Grace Brutto, Lucia Paoletto, Joann Cayabyab, Kassidy Lalangan, Natalie Hajjar, Brianne Wieczorek.
Spanish 3 Catrinas made out of Recyclable Material
Spanish 4 Ofrenda
AP Spanish Calaverita Literarias